How Hear and Now works
Weekly sessions aim to help children resolve traumatic experiences they may not have told anyone about. We explain that they can use the time to work out their feelings, so we can help them feel better.
We see children aged 4 to 18 in our specially designed service centres. Each child will be assigned an experienced social worker trained in therapeutic work.
Sometimes children don’t understand their feelings and don’t have the words to describe how they feel. Writing, storytelling and art are all things that children and young people of any age can use to help them understand and express feelings that they can’t put into words. Younger children can also do things like messy play.
Sessions are tailored to meet each child’s individual needs. Building a therapeutic relationship is central and, over time, they will get to know us and learn to trust us with their worries and concerns.
The aims of Hear and Now are to:
- help children feel better
- understand why they feel the way they do
- learn that adults can be trusted
- help them understand how to seek help.
We also talk to their parents or carers to help the whole family. They’re offered some individual support sessions and may also attend sessions together with the child.